Acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming film Loro will be split and released in two parts, reported Variety. Sorrentino decided to split the film after he realised that there was enough interesting footage left after the editing, according to the Variety report.

Starring Sorrentino’s long-time collaborator Toni Servillo, Loro (Them) is a biopic of former Italian prime minister and media moghul Silvio Berlusconi. Servillo has played Italian premier Giulio Andreotti in Sorrentino’s Il Divo (2008) and a journalist in the age of Berlusconi in The Great Beauty (2013).

Also starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Elena Sofia Ricci and Ricky Memphis, the first part of the movie is reportedly aiming for a late April release, ahead of the Cannes Film Festival in May. It is not clear whether both parts will be submitted to the festival.

In the 30-second teaser, a voiceover asks Servillo’s character, “What did you expect – that you could be the richest man in the country, be prime minister, and everybody would be crazy about you?” The response is, “Yes, that is exactly what I expected.”

Loro (2018).